D.C. workers, residents clean up after Sandy topples hundreds of trees

This tree went down Monday near Connecticut Avenue at Dupont Circle. (Photo: Jennifer Donelan/WJLA)

In D.C., hundreds of calls for service came in when the winds and rain from Hurricane Sandy toppled hundreds of trees.

A tree crashed into the Hecker family home Monday night with branches penetrating the roof in three places. Water poured in.

Their normally neat house in Northwest D.C. is a mess as they move stuff around trying to keep things dry.

"If it rains, I want to be able to have a tarp to cover up the three holes in my roof," Daniel Hecker says.

He complains that the city didn't remove the tree yesterday, and wouldn't allow his insurance company to have its contractor remove the city tree.

"We're on the list and they'll get to it when we come up on the list," Hecker says.

And D.C. residents and city work crews are dealing with lots of trees down all over the city.

DC DOT said they had nearly 600 service requests as of Wednesday morning.

Around the city, workers returned to their jobs and some took on new ones, such as repairing the windpower sources on the Navy Yard parking garage that Sandy toppled over.

Another concern in the city has been the Potomac River. It's at flood stage and speeding along.

In Georgetown, the river rose over the boardwalk for a while, leaving behind river debris.

The National Weather Service predicts the Potomac will go no higher than it did earlier Wednesday and will recede over the next several days.

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